BY: CLAIRE SIERRA Howdy Claire Buried. It feels like we are inundated with snow right now. Josiah is on the roof, shoveling snow—its heavy and we don’t want it to break through the 3rd floor. I know it’s not savvy of me to write this—after all we want you to want to come here… Despite the calendar turning to March, Spring feels more like a dream than a promise. Hammock time is wishful thinking. Or is it? The deep dark of winter can feel like a long travail. Whether we want it or not, we’re still in that quiet inward time, going deep and regenerating for the warmer months and changes ahead. The winter blues can be an issue for some of us. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a real thing, especially at this latitude. So, getting 20 minutes of sun—even just sitting in a bright window—is important. (And let’s not forget our Vitamin D!) Traveling to sunny places is a great antidote for cabin fever or seasonal blues that can creep in. Maybe a month in Hawaii is out of reach right now, but a short hop to a nearby getaway for a couple of days can really do the trick! And while we can’t currently boast 80-degree temps, it’s bright and often sunny here more days than not. Getting outside into fresh air—skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, or snowmobiling—are great antidotes to an otherwise sluggish mood. Crucial, actually. (No snow gear? Here’s a hot tip: Rent snowshoes from us and get up to the snow-park that’s just 20 minutes away! Mount Hood downhill and cross-country trails are about an hour.) Outside not your thing? It’s cozy in the parlor with books, puzzles and mugs of tea. Or glasses of wine. Pad around in your slippers, eat dinner in your room. Be a full-on lounge lizard—you deserve it. To make it easier, we’ve extended the 2 for 3 Winter Getaway Special—Reserve 2 nights and get the 3rd for free! Reserve your room directly with us. Call 541.467.2277 or book on-line (Use Coupon Code: GETAWAY2019 to get this special deal. Not valid with other offers.) Whether you’re inside or out, it’s a double-bonus! Interested in merry music making? Jam Nights with Josiah are back. Next one: Thursday March 21! We hope one of these will ease your winter blahs. Brrrrr….blessings from us at the Balch, Claire & Josiah for Team Balch P.S. Speaking of nearby getaways…We just announced the Wildflowers & Wine Weekend in April. That’s always super fun and well-loved. (see below or go here) But if you want (NEED!) to get away sooner, our 3 For 2 Winter Special is still on! Create a mini retreat for yourself (and a friend or beloved?) Use the time to write, draw, paint, read, snowshoe, hike, knit…the choices are endless. Reflect on where and what’s next for you in 2019. Call 541.467.2277 or reserve directly with us on-line (use Coupon Code: GETAWAY2019 Not valid with other offers.) It’s an easy way to get away and find clarity about your life path, or deal with a challenge area (think: insomnia, depression or anxiety relief). Add a Bliss Breakthrough Private Wellness Package to your overnight visit to the Balch. You’ll experience a spa treatment combined with valuable tools that help. Time away allows deep shifts to penetrate more gently and effectively. Honor yourself with a full day guided retreat! It’s a real gift to yourself or someone you love. (hint: gift certificates!) It’s truly nurturing deliciousness for your weary soul. More details here.